Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed in his new autobiography that Manchester United tried to sign Spanish striker Fernando Torres during his time at the club.
Ferguson, who spent 27 years in the Old Trafford dugout and secured a plethora of silverware for the Red Devils, launched his new book at a press event on Tuesday and topics within the publication appear to range from the popular Scot's fractious relationships with legendary United duo David Beckham and Roy Keane to his thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo and former nemesis Arsene Wenger.
Also included are Ferguson's admissions regarding Torres that seem to confirm that United spent time scouting the Spaniard during his formative years with La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid and indeed tried to bring him to Old Trafford when he was a promising 16-year-old.
"We watched him [Torres] many times and tried to sign him when he was 16," the 71-year-old was quoted by the Daily Express.
Torres' potential move to the top-flight champions never materialised, however, and he eventually joined Premier League foes Liverpool in July 2007.
After a fruitful period at Anfield, the World Cup winner completed an eye-watering £50 million switch to Chelsea. His stint at Stamford Bridge has not been nearly as prolific, though, with Torres cutting an increasingly desolate figure in West London.